HORN Animal Wellness Sponsors Free Seminars at SuperZoo

June 25, 2015

HORN Animal Wellness is sponsoring the School of Animal Wellness during SuperZoo 2015. The event is free for SuperZoo attendees and will showcase a group of on-point seminars with the latest information and expert advice from a panel of top animal wellness pros delivered in short, concise sessions held right on the expo floor. From “Optimal Vitamin Nutrition for Dogs and Cats” to “Who is Looking Out After Your Pet Food,” topics are relevant and sessions are free.

“SuperZoo continues to get bigger and better every year, and we’re excited to bring valued expertise in food science to the development of new products and valuable solutions for manufacturers,” said Lisa Alley-Zarkades, vice president of commercial development and animal wellness for HORN Animal Wellness.

The “Ask the Experts” Lineup Includes:

Dr. Jennifer Adolphe, Petcurean

Dr. Jennifer Adolphe received her PhD in companion animal nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan and is a registered dietitian with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. Dr. Adolphe is the recipient of over 20 awards and scholarships for her academic work and has published more than 10 peer-reviewed publications. She is currently the senior nutritionist at Petcurean Pet Nutrition, a Canadian, family-owned company committed to offering superior quality pet foods.

 Maria Regina Cattai de Godoy, University of Illinois

Dr. Godoy earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in companion animal nutrition at the University of Illinois and University of Kentucky, respectively. Dr. Godoy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses in various areas pertaining to pet food nutrition including: ingredient and pet food evaluation; metabolism of nutrients; application of “omics” technology on gut health, aging, and obesity; therapeutic nutrition; and pet food technology.


Dr. Oscar Chavez, JustFoodForDogs LLC

Dr. Chavez joined the faculty of the Animal and Veterinary Science department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2009. He was director of the Animal Health Science vet tech program from 2010 – 2013 and remains an adjunct faculty and professor of clinical veterinary nutrition. His current role is chief medical officer at JustFoodForDogs LLC., where his team advocates the use of probiotics, and believe all dogs will benefit from their daily use.


Dr. Roger Clemens, HORN Animal Wellness

Dr. Roger Clemens is a well-regarded authority on nutrition and food issues who is often quoted by media outlets. A long standing volunteer leader with and former president of the Institute of Food Technologists, he is familiar with food trends and industry association perspectives. He is the chief scientific officer of Horn and an adjunct professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences within the USC School of Pharmacy. He served on the USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.


Dave Preszler, HORN Animal Wellness – Moderator

Dave Preszler, technical director and senior account manager at HORN, serves both the Animal Wellness and FoodTech business units. His experience in the pet business includes innovation, product development, processes, regulatory, quality and marketing. Dave has helped novel ingredient technologies effectively delivery micronutrients and nutraceuticals through fortified, functional foods and supplements. Prior to joining HORN, Preszler worked in senior product development positions at Carnation, Del Monte Foods, Armour-Dial and Hunt-Wesson. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from University of California, Davis.

Mika Wheelwright, Fidobiotics LC

Mika Wheelwright is co-owner of Fidobiotics LC, a probiotic line formulated specifically for dogs. She has taken an extreme interest in gut flora and has developed her expertise in probiotics and how they benefit life through improved digestion, strengthening the immune system, and reducing body inflammation. By spearheading the companion animal industry in education on probiotics her dreams are to raise the bar and demand a better gut flora for dogs through probiotic supplementation. She has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her MBA from the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

Also available for interviews at SuperZoo:

Lisa Alley-Zarkades

Vice president of commercial development, HORN Animal Wellness

Jane Petrolino

Vice president, HORN Animal Wellness

HORN Animal Wellness will be exhibiting (in booth no. 25155) at SuperZoo, July 21–23, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
in Las Vegas.

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